Reality Hunger: A Manifesto Quotes.

1. "Copies have been dethroned; the economic model built on them is collapsing. In a regime of superabundant free copies, copies are no longer the basis of wealth. Now relationships, links, connections, and sharing are. Value has shifted away from a copy toward the many ways to recall, annotate, personalize, edit, authenticate, display, mark, transfer, and engage a work. Art is a conversation, not a patent office. The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Reality can’t be copyrighted."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

2. "Story seems to say that everything happens for a reason and I want to say, No, it doesn’t."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

3. "He who follows another will never overtake him."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

4. "A great book allows me to leap over that wall: in a deep, significant conversation with another consciousness, I feel human and unalone."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

5. "593 Still (very still), at the heart of literary culture is the big, blockbuster novel by middle-of-the-road writers, the run-of-the-mill four-hundred-page page-turner. Amazingly, people continue to want to read that."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

6. "A memoir is a work of sustained narrative prose controlled by an idea of the self under obligation to lift from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform the event, deliver wisdom."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

7. "Candor is key—being willing to say what no one else is willing to say."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

8. "I’m not interested in myself per se. I’m interested in myself as theme carrier, as host."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

9. "Every work, no matter how short or antilinear, needs momentum;"
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

10. "think it’s a poetry that comes out of the stuff of the poet’s personal life, but he’s trying to render this experience in more general and inclusive, or what used to be called universal,"
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

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